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hank

[hangk]
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noun
  1. a skein, as of thread or yarn.
  2. a definite length of thread or yarn: A hank of cotton yarn measures 840 yards.
  3. a coil, knot, or loop: a hank of hair.
  4. Nautical. a ring, link, or shackle for securing the luff of a staysail or jib to its stay or the luff or head of a gaff sail to the mast or gaff.
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verb (used with object)
  1. Nautical. to fasten (a sail) by means of hanks.
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Origin of hank

1175–1225; Middle English < Old Norse hǫnk hank, coil, skein, clasp; akin to hang
Related formsun·hanked, adjective

Hank

[hangk]
noun
  1. a male given name, form of Henry.
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Aaron

[air-uh n, ar-]
noun
  1. the older brother of Moses, usually regarded as the first high priest of the Hebrews. Ex. 28; 40:13–16.
  2. Henry LouisHank, born 1934, U.S. baseball player.
  3. a male given name.
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Greenberg

[green-burg]
noun
  1. Henry B.Hank, 1911–86, U.S. baseball player.
  2. Joseph Harold,1915–2001, U.S. linguist.
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Luisetti

[loo-set-ee]
noun
  1. AngeloHank, 1916–2002, U.S. basketball player.
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  • The trousers which had lain on the floor beside Hank's bed were no longer there.

  • Whatever other failings might be his, there was no great cowardice in Hank Rainer.

  • The hands of Hank Rainer fell suddenly, but now lower than his beard.

  • The story of Hank Rainer had been told in half a dozen words.

  • After his explanation Hank withdrew to the darkest corner of the room and was silent.


British Dictionary definitions for hank

hank

noun
  1. a loop, coil, or skein, as of rope, wool, or yarn
  2. nautical a ringlike fitting that can be opened to admit a stay for attaching the luff of a sail
  3. a unit of measurement of cloth, yarn, etc, such as a length of 840 yards (767 m) of cotton or 560 yards (512 m) of worsted yarn
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verb
  1. (tr) nautical to attach (a sail) to a stay by hanks
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Word Origin

C13: of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse hanka to coil, Swedish hank string

Aaron

noun
  1. Old Testament the first high priest of the Israelites, brother of Moses (Exodus 4:14)
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Word Origin and History for hank

n.

late 13c., probably from a Scandinavian source, e.g. Old Norse honk, hank "clasp, hank," related to hang (v.).

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Aaron

masc. proper name, in the Old Testament the brother of Moses, from Hebrew Aharon, probably of Egyptian origin. The Arabic form is Harun. Aaron's beard as a type of herb is from 1540s.

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